B's Expression is Al Basile's twelfth solo CD release on Sweetspot. Like his others, it's produced by Duke Robillard and uses the Duke Robillard Band to back up Al on this newest collection of his songs. It also uses Roomful of Blues alumni horn players Doug James and Carl Querfurth. Al's been nominated for a Blues Music Award four times in the last five years, and his discs routinely place in the top 15 on the Living Blues charts. Often referred to as the Bard of the Blues, Al writes some of the best songs in the genre; his singing and cornet playing stand out with world class backup and production from Duke and his band.

"This is my most fully realized project so far. I wrote the arrangements when I first wrote the songs - they're an intrinsic part of the concept in each case. The bass lines, horn parts, and vocal phrasing are designed to work together in specific ways. We went in with an unusually clear blueprint, and these great players found ways to follow my vision and still enrich and grow the parts in personal ways. The result is highy organic and true to my concepts."  ab

1. Whole Lot of Good Good Lovin’ 3:33

2. It Wasn’t That Good 4:25

3. Not Like I Do 4:39

4. Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Being Right? 3:56

5. I’m Runnin’ Late 2:40

6. Have I Given My Best? 3:55

7. Never Good Enough 4:22

8. Somethin’s Missing 3:27

9. Answer Me 4:03

10. I Didn’t Come Here to Lie 3:36

11. Even Jesus Fell 4:12

12. That Ain’t Bad 2:58

13. You Know – You Don’t Know 6:11

all songs written by Al Basile

Al Basile – vocals, cornet

Duke Robillard – guitars

Mark Teixeira – drums, tambourine

Bruce Bears – keyboards

Brad Hallen – electric bass and acoustic bass on You Know – You Don't Know

Doug James – tenor and baritone sax

Carl Querfurth – trombone

horn arrangements by Al Basile

Produced by Duke Robillard

January to April 2015

mixed April 2015

Jack Gauthier – engineer

recorded at Lakewest Recording Studio

West Greenwich, RI

mastered April 2015 by John Mailloux,

Bongo Beach Productions, Westport, Mass

design by Mary Ann Rossoni at Second Story Graphics, Pawtucket, RI

Photography by Meghan Sepe

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